Life Story for
Myrtle Pesce (Lawes)
Mrs. Myrtle Muriel Audrey (Lawes) Pesce, age 92, of Vevay, Indiana, entered this life on September 21, 1925, in Norfolk, England, the loving daughter of the late, James Anthony and Margaret Elizabeth (Patterson) Lawes. She was raised in Norfolk, England and was a graduate of Diss Grammar School. Myrtle had planned on going to college to study domestic science with a degree in teaching, but her plans were cut short because of World War II. She had to take a war job at the Diss Telephone Company in Norfolk, England. During the War, Myrtle was introduced to a young man serving in the United States Army in England and they were united in marriage on August 21, 1945, in Norfolk, England. This happy union was blessed with one son, Graham. Myrtle and her family moved to Vevay in 1948 and they became very active in the community. Myrtle was employed as a clerk for the LaVelle's Dry Cleaners in Vevay from 1952-1958. She went to work as a telephone operator for the Vevay Telephone company from 1958-1968. Myrtle's husband, Victor was a Methodist Minister and had served as an area Pastor for the local Methodist churches. In 1968, Victor became the Pastor of the Kent United Methodist Church and served as Pastor for Pisgah and Deputy United Methodist Churches. Myrtle was always at her husbands side serving the ministry in whatever capacity she was needed. Rev. Victor was tragically killed in an automobile accident on March 12, 1972, near Deputy, Indiana. Myrtle's life was never the same. Myrtle's faith never wavered and she returned to the Vevay Community where she began working as a clerk for the Osborn's Clothing Store from 1972-1979. She enjoyed working with the public and was always a gracious and beautiful lady. Myrtle began a career as a bank teller in 1979, at the Vevay Deposit Bank, where she met and maintained many friendships, even after her retirement in 2000. On January 13, 1998, in Indianapolis, Indiana, Myrtle became a United States American citizen. In May 1998, she voted for the first time and was so proud of that achievement. Myrtle was active in her community where she was a former member of the Kiwanis Club of Vevay and was a member of the Julia Dumont Club. She was a member and trustee of the Ruter Chapel United Methodist Church, where she served as a Sunday School Teacher, chairperson of the Restoration Committee and served as President of the United Methodist Women's Ministry. Myrtle passed away at 7:45 p.m., Thursday, August 2, 2018, at the Swiss Villa Nursing & Rehabilitation Center in Vevay, Indiana.
Myrtle is survived by her son, Graham Pesce and his wife: Karen of Maricopa, AZ; her grandsons, Matthew Pesce of Moab, UT and Alec Pesce of Phoenix, AZ; her granddaughters, Amanda Sentell of Missoula, MT and Courtney Mock of Missoula, MT; her great-grandchildren, Nicole Stolle and her husband: Andrew, Marisol Pesce, T.J. Sentell and Brody Graham Sentell; her several nieces and nephews and her abundance of many friends.
She was preceded in death by her parents, James Anthony and Margaret Elizabeth (Patterson) Lawes,; her husband, Rev. Victor E. Pesce, died March 12, 1972; her sister, Pearl Margaret Gwendolene Hankins and her brother, Clifford James Lawes.
Funeral services will be conducted Saturday, August 4, 2018, at 1:00 p.m., by Pastor Gary Marlin, at the Ruter Chapel United Methodist Church,309 West Main Street, Vevay, Indiana 47043.
Interment will follow in the Vevay Cemetery, Vevay, Indiana.
Friends may call 11:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m., Saturday, August 4, 2018, at the Ruter Chapel United Methodist Church, 309 West Main Street, Vevay, Indiana 47043.
Memorial contributions may be made to Ruter Chapel United Methodist Church or the Switzerland County YMCA. Cards are available at the funeral home or online at www.haskellandmorrison.com